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Weavers Way Food Co-op

Produced by Monica Rogozinski

August 2012

Buying organic often means spending a lot of money on food that comes from who-knows-where—that is, unless you are a member at your local co-op. These neighborhood organizations have become an increasingly popular method of finding fresh, locally grown food while receiving a big grocery discount in exchange for a little help at the store. In this Friday Arts segment, we’ll look at Weavers Way Co-op, a neighborhood store that has been steadily expanding for almost forty years into two stores with three farms and countless partnerships, always with the goal of serving the Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill communities. This member-owned organization endeavors to provide local, sustainable, organic, and healthful food while simultaneously educating local members and Philadelphia youth about urban farming and the value of local food and agricultural sustainability. Watch how Weavers Way has helped to make Philadelphia a focal point for co-ops across the country as we take you from the Weavers Way store to their main farm at Awbury Arboretum and then to the National Co-op Conference in Philadelphia to usher in 2012, the Year of the Co-op.

Weavers Way in the Community
Weavers Way regularly dedicates their efforts to giving back to their community. Here are some of the educational programs initiated and maintained by the co-op.